Doug Hawkins: Bulldogs legend shares property journey

Doug Hawkins bought his first home across the road from Whitten Oval because the club secretary told him too. This is the Bulldogs legend’s property journey.

Former Footscray captain Doug Hawkins played 329 games for the club between 1978 and 1994.

He famously broke Ted Whitten’s long-held games benchmark in his final season.

He won the best and fairest in 1985 and was named captain in 1990 before signing a new contract with Fitzroy in ‘85 and retiring later that year.

The larrikin recently listed his family home at 1 Akers Court in Darley, Bacchus Marsh, for


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First home …

“The first home I bought was actually across the road from Whitten Oval on Barkly St, it was 200m away from the oval.

“The secretary at the Bulldogs, Stephen Smith, told me to go buy it and I’ve got a feeling it was about $28,000 in 1982. My mum and my sister lived there too.

“It was a single-fronted weatherboard, three-bedroom, one-bathroom on a big block.

“No one rated the western suburbs then, it was a pretty knockabout area.”

Current home …

When I was at the Bulldogs one of our sponsors was Simonds Homes and we were at a best and fairest and I said to Mark Simonds I was looking to get out of Braybrook — I’m a westy boy but I thought we might have an opportunity to go further out.

“(We ended up in Darley); there was only one other house in the Manning Estate. We’ve got the tennis court area and pool and we’ve had 150-200 people here for weddings and stuff comfortably. We have the original Doug Hawkins Wing sign too. I was 28 and played for another seven years (after building in Darley).”

Dream home …

“I went to Hawaii a couple years ago, we spent about 15 days there and I really enjoyed it.

“I reckon along the beach on the main drag there, it was fantastic. I could do that, live in an apartment looking out over the water there. You’ve got the bar downstairs and you walk down onto the sand into this beautiful water.

“I’d like a nice modern apartment looking over the water, maybe two-three levels up, not too high.”

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